Thanksgiving Holiday Safety

For many, the holidays mean gathering around the table to share a meal with loved ones. Holiday memories are made in the kitchen, cooking old recipes and trying out new dishes. The kitchen is usually buzzing with activity. However, keeping fire safety in the front of your mind can help keep everyone safe during a busy time.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires. By following simple safety tips, you can enjoy your holidays and keep everyone safer from fire risks.

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop. Stay home when cooking your turkey and check it frequently. Do not be distracted by others in the kitchen. NFPA states unattended cooking was the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Keep food packaging, kitchen towels, loose hair, clothing, and other trash or linens away from burners and heat sources.
  • Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stovetop. Do not touch or move until the pan has cooled completely.
  • If there is an oven or microwave fire, turn off immediately and keep the oven or microwave door closed to starve the fire from oxygen. Keep the door closed until the fire is extinguished! Opening the door will cause the fire to expand. If it does not go out on its own, leave the house and call 911.
  • Have a kid and pet-free zone from at least three feet around the stove, flames, and where hot foods and drinks are prepared and carried to protect against fires and burns.
  • Never leave pets or children alone in a room with a lit candle or fire. Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. Use battery-operated candles as a safer choice.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly. Make sure they are on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom.

For more safety tips, including turkey fryer safety tips, please visit The Missouri Division of Fire Safety and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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